Nursing Training College (NTC), Bolgatanga principal William Sebil says most of the 800 Senior High School (SHS) candidates with excellent grades cannot defend their results in the college’s entrance interview.
“The cripplingly worrying trends that emerge and are found to be very disturbing among applicants is that when faced with the interview panel, they simply cannot express themselves. Some come with ‘A’ grade in all eight subjects but cannot defend the grade,” he said.
The director recalled that one applicant faced the panel and said: “For me, I was taught by my teacher in the exam hall. Unfortunately, these types of applicants are usually caught out by the college’s rigorous internal screening tools.”
Mr Sebil said this at a matriculation ceremony for fresh students of the College in Bolgatanga in the Eastern Regional capital.
He said that when such students are demoted or dismissed, members of the public should bear with the management of the College and not jump to the conclusion that the examination board or the management of the College are bad or evil.
Mr. Sebil said the College was noted for producing intelligent, professional and well-trained nurses spread across Ghana and outside the country, insisting that the management would not compromise its standards under any circumstances.
He encouraged the college’s students to instill a sense of purpose, saying, “I urge you to find your purpose. Choosing your preferred choice of becoming a nurse is the first step in the right direction.
“Now comes the real work, as we did in the nurses’ pledge; “My personal life will always bring credit to my profession.” Set your eyes now on a noble cause and work tirelessly to achieve it,” said Mr. Sebil.
He further urged them to step out of their comfort zones, explore and learn new skills, make new friends and be deliberate about their personal growth.
The principal urged them to make conscious efforts to apply themselves to learning; not just to pass their exams but also to acquire skills that will help them in the future.
He said there was a tendency for some students to get carried away with the freedom they used to enjoy and warned them that “The freedom you have now means you have to make your own decisions and act maturely because you will be individually responsible for all your actions and omissions.”
He commended both the teaching and non-teaching staff of the College for their sacrifices over the years despite all the infrastructural challenges, which culminated in raising the enviable academic performance of the College.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Stephen Yakubu, in a speech read on his behalf, acknowledged the sacrifices of the tutors and members of the Advisory Council of Governors of the College over the years.
He said their sacrifices have been reflected in the milestones the College has achieved over the years: “When the name of the College is mentioned now and in the future, your names will forever be imprinted.”
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